Book Blitz & Excerpt: The Last Beekeeper + Giveaway

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The Last Beekeeper
by Rebecca L. Fearnley
Publication date: April 20th 2022
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Fantasy, Young Adult

Solma is a fighter. Trained by her village Steward to protect their community from the predators of their harsh world, she is fierce and loyal. But how can she protect her friends and family from crop failure and starvation? With flying insects extinct for over a century, nowhere on the forsaken continent of Alphor is safe and Solma is terrified her little brother, Warren, will be one of the next to die. The villagers cling to life, waiting for the Earth Whisperers—mysterious nomads with a strange magic that helps plants grow—to arrive.

But then Warren finds something. Something impossible. When the first bee in a hundred years crawls out of the earth, Warren forms a strange bond with the creature and Solma fears he might have a new power. One that leaders of Alphor would kill for. As she and Warren fight to keep the bee secret and safe, word of this miracle sweeps the continent. Allies and enemies alike descend on the village. Some demand the bees for themselves, others want to destroy the colony to level the odds. When words become threats and then violence, Solma and Warren are caught in the conflict, and now it isn’t just the bees in danger.

When whoever controls the bees controls the world, how will Solma and Warren know who to trust?

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The insect—for it can only be an insect—wanders groggily over the mound, seems to contemplate her fingertips for a moment and then clambers aboard.

Its feet are so light, she can barely feel them. She holds the creature up to her face, frowning as it waggles its antennae. Its gold-and-black striped body gleams in the sun, fuzzy to the point of ridiculous, with delicate gossamer wings and antennae that twitch curiously. Solma stares.

“What is it, d’you think?”

It isn’t a beetle. Solma knows that much. Warren’s pulling at her fingertips, straining to see. Solma suppresses a smile and holds the creature out so he can get a better look. Warren’s eyes widen.

“That’s a bee!” he whispers. Solma scoffs.

“No it isn’t,” she laughs, ruffling his hair. “It can’t be, can it? There ain’t no more bees.”

No one has seen one in over a century. This can’t possibly be a bee.

Still. What’s the harm in letting her brother hope?

She watches it wriggling on her finger. She can feel it now if she concentrates. The lightest brush of life against her skin. It buzzes its wings half-heartedly and Warren grins with delight. Solma can’t help grinning, too. It’s been such a long time since she’s seen him smile.

“Why don’t it fly away?” Warren asks. “You think it’s sick?”

Solma gently cups her other hand over the insect and draws it close to her chest. Could it be sick? The thought makes her sick, too. The summer skies have been empty of flying things for such a long time that suddenly she can’t bear the thought of this one falling ill. It buzzes against her again, shuffling down her finger and into her palm, as if accepting the safety she’s offering. Its little body thrums, begging protection.

“Maybe it is sick,” Solma concedes, then balks at the stricken look on Warren’s face. “We’ll save it,” she says without thinking.

It’s a daft thought. She doubts they can save it. If it really is a bee, it’s the only one she’s ever seen. Where can it possibly have come from?



Author Bio:

Rebecca has been obsessed with two things since she learned to walk and talk: stories and animals. Luckily, the two seem to be very compatible. Rebecca writes stories set in strange worlds filled with bizarre creatures, strong female characters and magical powers. She started her writing career as a poet, performing all over the country and publishing her first collection, Octopus Medicine, with Two Rivers Press in 2017.

In addition to writing, Rebecca is also a teacher and, in 2018, decided that she wanted to write quality books for the young people she works with. Her books tend towards themes of respect for the environment, protecting the planet and the new generations challenging the old to face up to their mistakes.

She lives in Reading, UK, with her unusual family, which includes herself and her partner, a friendly little mini-lop rabbit (called Cleo) and a gregarious and feisty quaker parrot (called Maya).

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Spotlight & Excerpt: A Measure of Serenity + Giveaway

A MEASURE OF SERENITY

I am thrilled to be hosting a spot on the A MEASURE OF SERENITY by Bryan Prosek Blog Tour hosted by Rockstar Book Tours. Check out my post and make sure to enter the giveaway!

Title: A MEASURE OF SERENITY

Author: Bryan Prosek

Pub. Date: July 20, 2021

Publisher: CamCat Books

Formats: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook, Audiobook

Pages: 368

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A million thoughts, but only one right thing to do.

Eighteen-year-old Serenity Ashdown has a brilliant mind: she counts, calculates, and analyzes everything, even when she doesn’t want to. Her memory is also far beyond photographic, surpassing her physicist father’s abilities. But her world was otherwise normal right up until dimension-hopping enemies forced her into a parallel reality. The feds she meets on the other side claim to want to help her go home. All she has to do is use her memory to reconstruct the right sequence of codes. But it’s soon clear they want something more: a gateway for invasion, because this version of Earth is dying.

Serenity can’t risk returning home with a deadly force behind her, but the feds aren’t about to let her escape. Then she learns that the “other Serenity,” her alter-ego in this dimension, was a resistance leader recently betrayed and killed. She has a chance to assume her alter-ego’s identity and use her unique ability to lead the resistance in their fight against the tyrannical super-government that is poised to invade her universe. Serenity has no idea how to be someone she’s not, but she has to try—or she may not even have a home to return to.

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“Readers will enjoy following Serenity as she learns to become a leader . . . in this dystopian thriller showcasing a strong young woman in STEM.” –Kirkus Reviews


The door to Mr. Bailey’s outer office is open, but the chair behind the secretary’s oak desk sits empty. Nobody is in the room, so I walk past two empty chairs and a large plant toward Mr. Bailey’s door and
raise my hand to knock.
“Yes, I can hear you clearly. Can you hear me?” Mr. Bailey says, apparently on the phone. “The connections are getting stronger. This is the first time I’ve been able to remotely form a connection through the facility. Go ahead and put him on.” He pauses. “Hello, Mr. President.”
Mr. President? President of what? The university? No, he would not call Angela Turner “Mister.” I turn and look through the open door behind me. The hallway is empty. I hear nobody coming this way. But still, I should not eavesdrop. What Mr. Bailey says is none of my business.
“Yes, Sir. I will have Phil Ashdown working around the clock now until it’s activated.”
Dad?
I am certain it has something to do with the project he has been working on for so long. What does Mr. Bailey mean by “strong connections”? A connection through the facility?
I have heard enough. As I escape back toward the hallway, I hear Mr. Bailey’s door open.
“Serenity, come on in! What brings you here—the new research project?”
Slowly, I return to Mr. Bailey’s office. His secretary’s small outer office pales in comparison to what sits behind this door. I cannot even take in the whole room without turning my head to scan it. I believe he has turned a former classroom into an office. And he spared no expense with his mahogany desk and floor-to-ceiling bookshelf on one wall.
The sun shines in through a wall of windows on the opposite side. On one wall is a framed picture of Mr. Bailey and Wes Masterson, President of the United States, jointly holding a plaque that I cannot read from this distance.
Mr. Bailey motions toward a leather chair facing his desk. “Please, have a seat.”
I sink into the cushioning of the chair, my hands rubbing the soft leather of the arm rests.
Mr. Bailey sits in his tall chair behind his desk. “I haven’t seen you in a while. How are classes going?”
“They are going well, thanks.” I reply.
I am terrible at small talk. I never know what to say. I probably should ask Mr. Bailey how he is doing, but instead, I sit and wait for him to speak again.
“Your father says you graduate in the spring, is that right?” “Yes.”
“What’s you major again. I think Phil told me, but I forget.” He leans forward, folding his hands and rests his forearms on the desk.
I sit up straight. “Nuclear Medical Technology and Chemical Engineering.”
He smiles. “A double major in two of the most difficult fields. Impressive. I believe you are perfect for the new research project I have.” “Thank you,” I say, not looking at Mr. Bailey but rather, looking
at his telephone. Something troubles me about the phone call I over- heard. It was probably just something typical with my dad’s work, but everything related to my dad’s work troubles me. One thousand one hundred ninety-two books on the bookshelf. I look out the window. Forty-three students and six faculty members in sight, making their way across campus. I see the maple tree outside my classroom, now from a different angle. A sparrow is perched on one of the branches. Eighty-nine thousand seven hundred fifty-six. Just looking at the tree, I know the number of leaves.


 

About Bryan Prosek:

Bryan Prosek is a young adult writer and business attorney. Along with his first two novels, The Brighter the Stars and A Measure of Serenity, he has published books and articles in legal trade journals and magazines. When he isn’t writing or practicing law, you can probably find him watching dystopian and science fiction movies or television shows. He loves the big screen and the small screen. There’s a good chance that he’ll be watching one of the numerous Star Trek movies or series, but he could be watching anything from Guardians of the Galaxy to The Conjuring.

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Spotlight & Excerpt: The Thief’s Relic + Giveaway

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The Thief’s Relic
(Son of Avaria #1)
By Angela Knotts Morse
Young Adult, Fantasy
Hardcover, Paperback & ebook, 394 Pages
December 4, 2021 by An Encouraging Thought Publishers
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Eamonn never wanted to be a thief.
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So when a risky mission goes awry and he receives the chance of a lifetime, he leaves behind everything, even his newfound family in the Thieves’ Guild, to pursue an apprenticeship as an honest merchant.
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Traveling the country means he sees and hears everything. Civil unrest, rebellions against the monarchies, and rumors of a usurper bent on uniting the provinces under himself with a mythical form of magic. Few suspect he’s not chasing a dead end, including village girl Leyna, a believer in the magic of ancient histories. Eamonn’s skeptical heart is also swayed once he finds himself the tyrant’s target, unknowingly possessing the key to harness the dangerous power.
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To protect it, Eamonn’s only choice is to flee. But now that it’s the mission of his former brothers in the Guild to hunt him down, keeping magic out of their hands might be harder than either Leyna or Eamonn thought possible. If they fall, though, their world does too.
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The sound of the hooves continued to approach them; the river must have been the rider’s goal. As they heard the horse reach the rear of the cellar entrance, Hadli pointed at the ground and mouthed down. He and Eamonn dropped, flattening themselves against the stone path and keeping their bodies pressed against the unlocked doors. Eamonn rolled his lips together and tried to control his trembling hands.

A horse trotted down the road, passing the cellar entrance and coming to a halt where the road met the main dock. An uncomfortably small distance separated Eamonn and Hadli from the horse and rider—they could hear the horse huff and snort, catching its breath. The horse’s rider sat tall and alert atop it, the soft moonlight reflecting off his rounded metal helmet. A night sentry.

In all the time Eamonn had been thieving, he had never run into a night sentry, a soldier in the City Guard who patrolled the city overnight. Occasionally, he’d heard their horses’ hooves in the distance, but he always managed to finish the job and get out in enough time to miss them. Their presence had almost kept Eamonn from starting his life of thievery, because he knew their purpose was to catch criminals like him. He soon learned, though, that being small and quiet gave him an advantage; the sentries only caught thieves less skilled than himself.

Until now.

Excerpted from The Thief’s Relic by Angela Knotts Morse, Copyright © 2022 by Angela Knotts Morse. Published by An Encouraging Thought Publishers.


About the Author

Angela Morse has been writing since the fourth grade when a teacher wrote an encouraging note on one of her assignments. The note read, “I would not be surprised if I go to the library one day and pick up a book by Angela Knotts!” That simple note lit a fire within Angela and she developed a passion for writing stories. Though she has dabbled in a few genres, Angela’s favorite to write is Fantasy. Her audience is typically New Adult (NA) or sometimes Young Adult (YA), depending on the age and maturity of her characters and intended readers. Angela currently resides in Birmingham, Alabama with her husband, daughter, and cat.


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